Stoked Out West: Freshies Roll In Early To California, Colorado

ASquaw Valley opening dayFrom British Columbia to Arizona – and most everywhere in between – you can hear the yips and yelps as the 2015-2016 western skiing and snowboarding season begins with a bang.

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Unions Crop Up At Western Resorts; Beaver Creek Ski School Seeks Representation

Beaver Creek ski instructorsSeeking better pay, the ski and snowboard instructors at Colorado’s Beaver Creek are the latest employee group to attempt to form a union at a major Western resort.

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First Resort Hotel Rises Out Of Taos Ski Valley Base; Mountain Improvements Continue

Taos Ski Valley new hotelProof that new ownership at Taos Ski Valley means business is evident this summer with the start of construction of a new hotel and more upgrades on the mountain.

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New Mexico Skier Visits Surge To Nearly 1M Skiers, Riders; Ski Apache Doubles Visits

Ski ApachePeriods of heavy, concentrated snowfall and consistently cold temperatures this past winter brought more than 900,000 skiers and snowboarders to the New Mexico mountains.

 

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Sandia Peak Finally Open Weekends As March Comes In Like Lion For New Mexico Spring Break

Sandia PeakThe storms in February tended to swing toward the south, putting smiles on powder hounds in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico – and finally getting Albuquerque's Sandia Peak open.

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Trip Report: Skiing New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle At Taos Ski Valley, Red River

Taos Ski Valley steepsContinuing my exploration of skiing northern New Mexico, aka the Land of Enchantment, I headed north of Santa Fe up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range to legendary Taos Ski Valley and Red River. The landscape varies from red rock desert to steep mountain terrain as sapphire blue skies hang overhead and uncrowded slopes beckon. (See Mike's Trip Report -- "Santa Fe and New Mexico Are A World Apart From Everyday American Skiing" here).

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Utah, Eastern Rockies Set For Weekend Powder; High Pressure Keeping Storms Out Of PNW, Tahoe

Elder powderPacific storm systems appear to be fighting through a persistent high-pressure ridge in the Northwest and lining up for a productive latter part of February, especially for the southern Rockies.

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Founder Ernie Blake’s Dream Comes True: Kachina Lift Opens At Taos Ski Valley

Kachina Peak TaosOne of Taos Ski Valley founder Ernie Blake’s goals was to bring the high alpine slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains within reach of all the visitors to his New Mexico ski resort. That dream has now become a reality with the opening of the Kachina Peak Lift Friday.

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Inland Mountains To Reap Benefits; Powder Days In Utah, Northern Colorado

Alta benefits from powderThe weather map displays more action up north this week, after a period where most of the action has been at the southern edge of ski country in the West.

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Sunshine And Soft Snow In The West, Time To Get Out The Sun Screen

June Mountain GroomerIt looks like the whatever good stuff from this latest storm has all fallen, and forecasters say it’ll be warmer and drier across the West into the last week of January.

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Lutsen Mountains Makes Unique Top Five Travel List; Plans To Open Nov. 15

Lutsen MountainsSome of the best skiing in the U.S. is found in some of the least discovered locations, according to Travel Blue Book co-founder Greg Johnson, and the Heartland’s Lutsen Mountains is on that list.

 

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New Kachina Peak Lift Rises At Taos Ski Valley; Other N.M. Resorts Make News

New lifts at Taos Kachina Peak

The lift towers are in, the cables set to be strung, and the buzz around Taos Ski Valley’s new chairlift to Kachina Peak is palpable.

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Taos Ski Valley Tabs Hospitality Industry Veteran As Marketing Chief

Kevin Kearney TSV

Taos Ski Valley has named Jesse Keaveny as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Keaveny will be responsible for helping design and execute the strategic vision and growth of the resort, including the opening of the new Kachina Peak lift this winter season, as well as helping draw additional attractions, events and visitors to Taos Ski Valley throughout the year.

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New Owners Move Forward On Taos Base Area Re-Do

Taos Base Area

With a new chairlift going in on Kachina Peak, the new ownership of Taos Ski Valley now has turned its attention to renovating the resort’s antiquated base area.

 

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Old-School Telemarking Rises To New Heights In New Mexico

Taos tele-marker

On a weekend powder day at Taos Ski Valley, some 60 skiers on the hill will be knee-dipping through the fluff on telemarking equipment.

 

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New Taos Ski Valley Owner Dives Right In; Kachina Lift Set For Summer

Kachina Peak

It didn’t take long for the new ownership at Taos Ski Valley to makes its presence felt, as the New Mexico resort announced this week that a new chairlift will be erected on iconic Kachina Peak.

 

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Get Ski, Snowboard Fever Throughout West During January; Special Deals

Learning at A-Basin

Here’s a New Year’s resolution to work on: Take to the slopes to learn to ski or ride at any of dozens of winter resorts in the Rockies, Sierras and Cascades.

 

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Taos Ski Valley Sold To Billionaire Conservationist Louis Bacon

Taos Ski Valley
After nearly 60 years of family ownership, Taos Ski Valley has been purchased by hedge fund owner Louis Bacon for an undisclosed amount.

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Blake Break: Family Member Leaves Taos; Management Remains In Place

Alejandro and Adrianna Blake

Alejandro ‘Hano’ Blake, the grandson of Taos Ski Valley founder Ernie Blake, has left the family-owned resort business to join an online events ticketing company in Albuquerque.

 

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Spring Break Means Fun For College Students Across Country; Beer, Too

Boyne Highlands Resort Brew-Ski

College students' spring breaks come at varied times this month and produce varied results – dragging bags of dirty laundry home to mom, enjoying home-cooked meals, sleeping in your own bed, heading to the beach, to the best of all: adventures on spring snow.

 

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